10/11/2017 – Bethesda, Maryland

From Beaches To Ball Parks, The Top Ten Reasons To Visit Florida Now

Autumn may have arrived, but things are still heating up in the Sunshine State, where the average October temperature is a beautiful 75 degrees Fahrenheit. From the vibrant streets of Miami to pristine golf courses in Ponte Vedra Beach, and beautiful beaches from coast to coast, Florida offers unique, memorable experiences for every type of traveler.

With more than 400 Marriott International properties stretching the state, the hospitality leader invites football fans, thrill-seekers, cruise-goers and everyone in between, to make Florida their next vacation destination.

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

Sports Fans
Home to three professional baseball teams and countless collegiate programs, there’s a kick-off or first pitch around every corner in Florida.

In the south, Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, home to professional and college games alike, recently completed a renovation project totaling more than $400 million. The orange and aqua facility now features a canopy roof, high-definition video boards and a state-of-the-art sound system, in addition to a new seating structure which will bring the stands closer to the action. The new AC Hotel Miami Aventura, is located just six miles from the stadium and boasts contemporary rooms, upper deck pool and stylish AC Lounge. The hotel offers a ‘Tailgate Package’ including accommodations, daily breakfast for two at the AC Kitchen and welcome basket with six-pack premium sodas, chips and salsa, beef jerky, nuts and candies.

Further north, golf fans and enthusiasts will be wowed by Ponte Vedra Beach’s, TPC® Sawgrass, home to THE PLAYERS Championship Tournament. Visitors to Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa enjoy privileged golf access to two championship courses. The resort’s ‘Stadium Play’ package includes accommodations, daily breakfast, and one round of golf on the famed Stadium Course.

Thrill-Seekers
Whether your preference is twirling teacups or inverted corkscrew coasters, there’s a theme park experience in Florida for you. Take advantage of shorter and faster lines with a trip in the fall.

Uncover a one-of-a-kind enchanted atmosphere at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. The upscale resort in Kissimmee, Florida, located minutes from theme parks, is a premier location that is a destination in its own right. The sweeping resort features a water park, full-service spa and nine restaurants. Make the most of your stay with the ‘Pick Your Own Theme Park’ package, including two nights of room accommodations, free shuttle service and two adult one-day theme park tickets.

The JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes has 500 lush acres for a quiet day at the resort in between exploring Orlando’s most exciting attractions. This one-of-a-kind venue that offers an endless menu of experiences in one unforgettable location.  From golf and spa escapes to mountain biking and kayaking, there’s no end to what days here can bring. If visiting before  November 13, 2017, the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival is a celebration of global cuisine.

Cruise-Goers

Florida is home to the top three most popular cruise ports in the world, so whether you’re headed to the Bahamas, Mexico or any itinerary in between, there’s a perfect pre or post-sail experience waiting. The newly renovated Four Points by Sheraton Cocoa Beach is a five minute walk from Florida’s widest beach and the many Cocoa Beach restaurants and local attractions. The ‘Park and Cruise’ package features free parking for the duration of your cruise, as well as transportation to and from Port Canaveral.

The Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s Vibrant 17th Street Cruise District near the entrance to Port Everglades and only 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). The property’s ‘Snooze Before your Cruise’ offer includes best available guest room rate, daily American breakfast for up to two guests and transfer from the hotel to the cruise port for up to two guests.

Nature-Lovers
Florida is home to a dazzling array of native plants, animals, landscapes and marine life, making it a can’t-miss destinations for those seeking a vacation that incorporates nature.

Surrounded by preserved natural beauty and protected parkland, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples offers an assortment of fun adventures for kids, and luxurious amenities, championship  golf, world-class dining, and spa treatments for adults, making it an exceptional choice for Florida family vacations. Nature enthusiasts will be entranced with the natural wonders of nearby Clam Pass Park, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the Naples Botanical Garden.

With a premier setting on the Florida Panhandle, the Sheraton Bay Point Resort is located in a 1,100-acre wildlife preserve in Panama City, just off the pristine waters of St. Andrews Bay. The resort offers a package featuring transfer to Shell Island, a 7-mile stretch of undeveloped barrier reef, known for its natural splendor and endless indigenous seashells including sand dollars, moon snails, conch shells and more.

Party People
In Miami, things really heat up when the sun goes down. Nightlife is a way of life and there’s no shortage of spectacular locales for live music, dancing and world-class light displays. Basement Miami, located in the The Miami Beach EDITION, is a cutting edge “micro-club” and 21st century homage to Ian Schrager’s legendary Studio 54 featuring A-list DJs, dance floor, ice rink, bowling lanes and soundstage-quality sound and lighting systems. As in years past, the beachfront property will be buzzing with events, dinners, and parties for this year’s Art Basel Festival in December, and Basement Miami will offer 4 nights of DJ programming with internationally acclaimed talent (Tuesday through Saturday).

Less flashy and more free-spirited, the southernmost city of Key West is known for its famously laid-back brand of revelry. Nightly sunset celebrations draw crowds to Mallory Square where visitors enjoy street performers, local musicians, artists and food vendors against the orange and pink backdrop of the island’s sunset. The Saint Hotel Key West, Autograph Collection is conveniently located in the heart of  Historic “Old Town” Key West, just off of famous Duval Street and minutes from Key West bar crawl staples like Sloppy Joe’s and Green Parrot Bar. Guest can continue the party in private, with signature offerings and poolside sips from the hotel’s Pilar Bar.

About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,200 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 125 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

Contact:
Julie Rollend
Marriott International
(301) 547-4751
Julie.Rollend@marriott.com